Healthy tips

The road to a better you starts with just one step.

1.  Always use fresh meats. Packaged pork products are almost always high in sodium. Sliced deli meats and canned meats also have added sodium for preservation. Remember: fresher is better.

2. Learn to use spices to supplement the natural flavor of food. We have grown accustomed to having added salt in our diet, so this will take some time getting used to what the food is actually supposed to taste like.

3. Please know that even with vegetables, fresh is always better. Food companies add salt to help preserve canned foods. Canned fruit is also low in sodium but beware of elevated levels of sugar in canned fruits.

4. Start logging your sodium intake. You should try to restrict your daily diet with no more than 1500 mg or sodium. This equals 500 mg or less of sodium per your three daily meals.

5. Not all brands are the same. A name brand peanut butter company might have more sodium than the generic peanut butter. By careful shopping, not only can you reduce your sodium intake but you can also reduce your spending!

6. Prep your meals in advance. People who have meals ready to go are more apt to limit the eating of high sodium foods than people who aren’t prepared.

7. Find foods that you enjoy that are low in sodium. You can help this by contiually checking the nutrition label on products. You will be surprised how many foods are low in sodium if you just check the label.

8. Variety is the spice of life. Find ways to change up what it is that you eat. If you are a person who gets bored easily, you might want to start saving your own favorite low sodium recipes.